JPX Media Group announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 IBAs on May 11, 2011. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The full list of Winners and Finalists can be found here. "Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of JPX Media Group, said this year’s contest yielded a large number of entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results." (—JPX Media Group)
Hassie Calhoun: A Las Vegas Novel of Innocence has been selected as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Literary Fiction" category of the 2011 IBAs. A novel that paints the Rat Pack era in a new light, this literary fiction introduces Hassie Calhoun, a lovely and talented singer trying to make it as an entertainer in 1960s Vegas. With her innocence and identity on the line, the road to stardom puts Hassie in several compromising situations. Her passions impede her dreams in a way that many women could secretly relate to.
“...a gripping story...this poignant novel is a down-to-earth rather than idealistic glimpse of a vulnerable heroine learning how to succeed...” — ForeWord Reviews
Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers has been selected as an Award-Winning Finalist in the "Children's Fiction" category of the 2011 IBAs. It is a literary fantasy for readers ages 9-12, and tells the story of two cousins, Ivan and Daphne, on a quest to find lost children in a world of words and numbers running wild. A first-time author, Penny’s novel has been selected as a recommended read by the Indie Next Kids List Winter 2011.
“...breaks new ground in the adventure genre. This rollicking, often tongue-in-cheek novel will appeal to young readers who need a break from their computer games and long to journey into the woods of learning.” — ForeWord Reviews
NOTE: Pamela Cory will be appearing at BEA 2011 with Scarletta Press, booth 4633-A, and will tour the first half of June. Pendred Noyce will be appearing at the ALA conference with Publishers Group West, booth 1248, and will tour during parts of July and August.